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Every weekend thousands of young people are challenging themselves through our activities – learning new skills that will give them a head start in life. In fact, we work with 14,000 Sea Cadets aged between 10 and 18.

We need your help – we need volunteers who are happy to roll up their sleeves, get involved and make a huge positive difference to the lives of the young people we work with.

We have lots of roles to match your skills and there's training to help you gain more.

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Work with cadets across lots of activities that you can gain new skills in too. With a mix of uniformed and non uniformed roles there is something for everyone. We follow follow a rank structure aligned to the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines.

Unit assistants

Be the backbone of your unit helping out in lots of ways from mini-bus driver to painter and decorator.

Unit Management Team (UMT)

Each unit is an independent charity with the trustees with roles like: chair, company secretary and treasurer. You'll be part of a team that fundraise for and manage the unit.


Sea Cadets is open to all and embraces all faiths.  Working alongside young people and volunteers, our chaplains offer support to cadets and volunteers as they embrace new challenges. Throughout the Sea Cadets, chaplains appointed from clergy, lay readers and others with an authorised ministry work with units to provide moral and pastoral support.

If you would like to volunteer with us, please email

All volunteers undergo a DBS check (disclosure barring system) when they join us.

Call us on +44 (0)20 7654 7000 or email for more information

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